Forget $9.99 per month — Apple might slash the price of Apple Music subscriptions to better compete with streaming music rivals, most notably Amazon.
According to a new report, Apple could drop monthly subscription prices by as much as 20 percent. The Apple Music price drop would mean a regular subscription would cost users around $7.99 per month, while a family package would go for $12.99.
Provided this news is accurate, the price cut could take effect as soon as Christmas, giving Apple the option of kicking off the new pricing with a holiday promotion of some sort.
Amazon recently launched its new Music Unlimited service. Amazon offers the same $9.99 monthly fee as Apple Music to regular users, but a reduced $7.99 monthly charge for monthly customers — and an insanely cheap $3.99 for owners of the Amazon Echo.
In doing so, Amazon beat Apple to a lower price point that had reportedly been Apple’s goal from the beginning. One of the big rumors about Apple Music was that Cupertino wanted to charge users five bucks a month, based on the idea that the average iTunes user spends $60 per year on downloaded music, which translates to $5 every four weeks.
However, the plan got shot down by record execs. Apple settled on its $10 price point for Apple Music, which is on par with streaming pioneer Spotify.
Apple Music price drop?
So why would Apple now be able to offer music at a cheaper price, having failed to reach an agreement early on? Simply put, because Apple would be cutting its own profit margins in order to offer the $7.99 rate.
At present, it appears that any Apple Music price drop would require Apple to not just take in less money itself, but also to pay the difference from its agreed-upon price point to record labels Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment.
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Source: Digital Music News